The Diamondbacks have a surfeit of capable outfielders, heading into the season with A.J. Pollock in center, Mark Trumbo in right, and David Peralta or Yasmany Tomas in left. Ender Inciarte, having a terrific spring, is capable of playing all three positions and they have Cody Ross as well.
One way to fix the logjam would be to trade Trumbo. But GM Dave Stewart said, “We are not moving Trumbo,” as Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. Stewart added, “Trumbo is a proven bat. Tough to move him for an unknown.”
Trumbo, 29, is earning $6.9 million after avoiding arbitration in his second year of eligibility. He can become a free agent after the 2016 season. The slugger missed a large portion of the 2014 season due to a stress fracture in his right foot and finished with only 14 home runs and 61 RBI with a .235 average.
Trumbo would seem the easiest to move, as Ross is older, more expensive, and missed time in each of the last two seasons with injuries. Tomas isn’t going anywhere, while Pollock, Peralta and Inciarte have more value to the Diamondbacks than they would in a trade.
Nationals starter Max Scherzer bunted a ball into his face during batting practice on Tuesday, breaking his nose in the process. He ended up with a gnarly looking shiner around his right eye, making him appear a bit like Terminator. Scherzer still took the ball to start the second game of Wednesday night’s doubleheader against the Phillies.
Despite the injury, Scherzer was incredibly effective, limiting the Phillies to four hits and two walks across seven shutout innings, striking out 10 batters in the process. He might even have had some extra adrenaline going, as he averaged 96.2 MPH on his fastball, his highest average fastball velocity in a game since September 2012, per MLB.com’s Jamal Collier. The Nationals provided Scherzer with just one run of support, coming on a Brian Dozier solo home run off of Jake Arrieta in the second inning, but it was enough.
Wander Suero worked a scoreless top of the eighth with a pair of strikeouts. Victor Robles added a solo homer off of Pat Neshek in the bottom half. Closer Sean Doolittle took over in the ninth, working a 1-2-3 frame to give the Nats their 2-0 victory.
Over his last six starts, Scherzer now has a 0.88 ERA with a 59/8 K/BB ratio across 41 innings. He has gone six innings, struck out at least nine batters, and held the opposition to two or fewer runs in each of those six starts.